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Indians and the Oklahoma Land Rush


This Jackdaw is the appropriate reading level for upper elementary, middle school and high school students reading below grade level. It contains the same, ready-to-use, hands-on historical documents as the original, upper-level Jackdaw; most of the documents are actual-size replicas. The fully reproducible Broadsheets provide historical background for understanding the documents.

Gather up your class and lead them on the exciting Oklahoma Land Rush — the greatest land giveaway in history, which was decided by lotteries and actual races for homestead sites. Hands-on replicas of historical documents — the first English language alphabet for the Cherokees, which empowered them to read and write; an act of Congress to move Indian tribes; maps of the territory; an actual homestead application; and the handwritten, presidential order opening the Oklahoma Territory — chronicle the politics and economics of this era, and prove another instance of broken U.S. promises to the Indians and the hardships endured by the homesteaders. Historian: Sidney Theil, adapted by Muriel L. Dubois. The contents of this Jackdaw feature:

  • The Permanent Solution
  • The Impossible Dream
  • Harrison’s Hoss Race
  • The Homesteaders
  • Statehood and Beyond
Historical Documents
  • Sequoyah’s Cherokee alphabet, 1821.
  • Congressional act providing an exchange of lands with the Indians and for their removal west of Mississippi River, 1829.
  • Certificate from President James Polk to an Indian chief, 1846.
  • Boomer broadside: “Grand Rush for the Indian Territory,” 1879.
  • A license to trade with Indians, 1883.
  • A map of the Indian Territory, 1885.
  • The first page of a presidential proclamation by Benjamin Harrison announcing the opening of the Oklahoma lands, 1889.
  • A map of the territory opened to settlement, 1889.
  • An application and final certificate for a homestead claim.
  • Page of act providing temporary government for Oklahoma, 1889.
  • Proclamation by Theodore Roosevelt admitting Oklahoma into the Union as a state, 1907.
Study Guide / Lesson Plan – Reproducible Activities

Price: $69.50



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